Feeling sad or blue from time to time is normal, but it should fade away after a few days. If it doesn’t, the person may be experiencing depression. Over the past two weeks, has the senior:
If you know of a senior who’s been showing these signs of depression, he or she might benefit from in-home mental health services.
VNSNY is pleased to offer a free program for people over the age of 65 who are feeling depressed. Called PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives), this evidence-based program consists of six sessions of in-home mental health services that are designed to address the symptoms of depression and improve the quality of a senior’s life.
VNSNY’s PEARLS program is for individuals who:
If you know a senior who could benefit from our free in-home mental health services, please call: 718-888-6884.
Funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, VNSNY’s PEARLS program is staffed by experienced mental health counselors who speak a wide range of languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese. They will work with the senior to identify the problem and then develop steps that will connect the senior to positive social and physical activities that will, in turn, improve his or her mental outlook and quality of life.
“When people’s physical issues are addressed, they also feel better psychologically.” – Annmarie Franco, PEARLS Program Manager
For more information or to schedule a free depression screening, call: 718-888-6884.
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It is estimated that nearly 20% of the 65+ population suffers from some form of depression. VNSNY’s PEARLS program, a new in-home treatment program for NYC senior citizens suffering from depression, is having remarkable success reversing the downward cycle. This story highlights how VNSNY’s PEARLS program has helped a senior in Queens overcome his depression and enjoy life again.
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